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Recycled content verified for decking: "We're the first," says Trex

Verification of recycled content is important to today's consumers, particularly with all the unsubstantiated claims with regard to recycled content. One company just announced that it's the first wood-alternative decking manufacturer to receive verification of recycled content.

Trex Co. (Winchester, VA), a manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing, and fencing, received a Verification of Attributes Report (VAR-1011) from the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) under the Sustainable Attributes Verification & Evaluation (SAVE) program.

The VAR provides independent, third-party confirmation that Trex's wood-alternative products are manufactured with a minimum of 95.4% of recycled content. The company claims that it is the first wood-alternative decking manufacturer to obtain an ICC-ES SAVE verification.

"Receiving verification on the recycled content of our products from an organization as respected and recognized as the ICC-ES creates additional credibility among both our professional partners and consumers," says Kyle Lancaster, director of technical services for Trex. "In a time when 'green washing' is a common term, this verification proves that Trex is the real deal in terms of our environmentally conscious products and practices."

All of Trex's wood-alternative products have been verified by ICC-ES SAVE, including its new Trex Transcend high-performance decking, which was introduced in the first quarter of this year; Trex Accents, Trex Brasilia, and Trex Contours decking lines; Trex Designer Series Railing; and Trex Seclusions and Surroundings fencing lines.

In addition to verifying the amount of recycled content in Trex products, the ICC-ES SAVE VAR also identifies how these products comply with the most prominent green rating systems and building standards. Designers, architects, builders, and contractors can use this information to determine how they may qualify for LEED credits by specifying Trex products.

Formed in 1996 through a buyout of Mobil Corp., the company went public in 1999. In addition to its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Winchester, VA, the company operates a manufacturing plant in Fernley, NV.

Additionally, Trex distributes ultralow-maintenance PVC decking under the trademark Trex Escapes and PVC trim under the trademark TrexTrim. Trex makes its products from a proprietary formulation of reclaimed wood and waste plastic. The company's products can be purchased at 5500 retail outlets in the United States and Canada.

Trex CEO Ronald W. Kaplan credited the company's success to the introduction of Trex Transcend decking, and "the continued demand for our other products. The enhancements we made to our decking platform in the fall of 2009 are opening up sales opportunities and contributing to our paramount objective of increasing market share," Kaplan said in Trex's first-quarter financial report.—[email protected]

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